After losing linebacker Bruce Irvin to the Oakland Raiders in free agency, the Seattle Seahawks have brought in a familiar name to fill his roster spot.
The team announced on Friday that it has signed veteran pass rusher Chris Clemons, who spent two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars after departing the Pacific Northwest on a four-year, $17.5 million contract back in 2014.
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Clemons, 34, was released by Jacksonville earlier in the offseason after recording 11 sacks during his two seasons with the team.
The veteran linebacker had put up 38 sacks in four seasons with Seattle prior to his departure following the 2013 season. He acted as one of the major forces in the turnaround from the team’s defense during that span.
At 34 years old, Clemons figures to fill the void of a part-time pass-rush specialist with 2015 second-round pick Frank Clark taking on a larger role in Irvin’s stead.
It’s a solid under-the-radar signing for Seattle. While the team does boast a different defensive coordinator then when Clemons was a member of the Legion of Boom, the scheme hasn’t changed. In this, he should have a relatively small learning curve in 2016.
The terms of the deal are not yet known, but it’s likely of the one-year variety.